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Team 160

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Total raised so far £0.00

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Team story

[p]******UPDATE****** WE DID IT!! WE RAN 26.2 MILES IN HIDEOUS WEATHER ON OCT 4th - here's why..............[/p][p]How would you celebrate a milestone birthday – probably not by running your first Marathon![/p][p]We are raising funds for Crohn’s and Colitis UK to help find a cure and hope to encourage others with these diseases to look positively to their futures.[/p][p]Significant Birthdays – love them, hate them, ignore them or embrace them, celebrate or forget? My own view is that they should be embraced, and celebration is in order, being grateful to have the health to be able to achieve a significant birthday. So – how to celebrate? Riotous Party? Luxury Holiday? Shiny New Car? Magical Experience? No, none of those – Run a Marathon of course!! [/p][p]Erica, Abi and I are all celebrating significant birthdays this year, hence the team name (you can work the maths out for yourself, but I am significantly older than the 2 of them 😜). With the 40th London Marathon now being run as a virtual run it your own way marathon, the 3 of us will be trampling the streets between Warsash and Gosport and back on October 4th to complete our 26.2 miles. [/p][p]So when I tell people, the first thing they always say is ‘WHY would you do that!’. Well, because I can, and I am very lucky to be in a position that I can, or at least I can try. I will be raising money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Having been in poor health most of my adult life with Crohn’s, following major surgery 4 years ago having exhausted all other possible alternatives without success, I now feel healthier than I can remember ever feeling, and want to help others to get to this positive position, and give some hope that things can get better.[/p][p]Running is probably not something that most people who know me would expect me to be doing at this stage in life, although sporty as a youngster I would never have been considered a ‘natural’ runner! So why am I doing it?[/p][p]Back in 2013 once all 3 children had all left school and were no longer requiring the use of Mum’s taxi, I looked for something that I could get involved in locally, that would be fun socially, whilst helping me keep, or at least get, fit. Probably to the surprise of most I joined a running group. I remember at the time I joined the group I was in awe of a group of girls who were about to do the Great South Run (a 10 mile run), and thinking what a great achievement and how something like that was so far out of my reach. Pretty much starting from scratch and with the help of my many supportive fellow runners, I progressed from struggling through a couple of miles to completing a 5K and then 10K. [/p][p]However, as time went on I was struggling more and more to cope with the underlying disease that I had battled with for over 35 years, until eventually in 2015 I had to stop running altogether.[/p][p]I was about 21 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. It is a hidden disease that can cause stigma, fear and isolation, and many remain undiagnosed and suffer in silence. Living with Crohn’s can be a daily battle and I, like so many others managed life, silently, around the continued discomfort, pain, and fear of being 'caught out’, making life out and about a continual challenge. I have never let it define me or get in the way of what has been a pretty hectic and active schedule. Drugs, procedures, tests, injections, infusions, hospital stays were commonplace over the years, but eventually in June 2015 having got to the point where leaving the house was becoming almost impossible, all drug options exhausted and ineffective, I was faced with having to make the inevitable decision – to have a panproctocolectomy operation – complete removal of the colon and rectum.[/p][p]My life has been transformed – no more pain or discomfort, and I am back in control. Within 3 months of the operation I was back running, and it was at that point that I set myself the target to complete that Great South Run (10 miles, or 16K) which had previously seemed so out of reach, with a view to raising awareness of Crohn’s. With the support of my amazing fellow runners, having started from scratch again, I managed to complete the GSR in 2016, and since then have gone from strength to strength completing 2 more GSR’s as well as 4 half marathons! [/p][p]Running the London Marathon will be by far the hardest challenge I have faced. But before I get to race day, there are miles and miles of training runs and workout sessions to complete to make sure I am in the best position I can be in to complete it. Having support in helping me to raise money will help me along every one of those miles.[/p][p]I am one of the lucky ones, no longer enduring the day to day battle, hopefully this will continue, but as a chronic condition I have to accept that one day I may be faced with further challenges. Wouldn’t it be good if at some stage there could be a cure for this disease that affects more than 300.000 people in the UK. Crohn’s and Colitis UK is the leading charity in the battle against this and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Their mission is to work with all those affected by these conditions to achieve a better quality of life, improve services, and ultimately find a cure. [/p][p]Follow my training blog revealing all the highs and lows of a newbie long distance runner.[/p][p][url=https://www.facebook.com/262-at-60-103269987799042]https://www.facebook.com/262-at-60-103269987799042[/url][/p][p][br][/p]
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Oct 15, 2020

Judy

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 9, 2020

Martin Sands

£10.00

Oct 8, 2020

Paul Grubb

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2020

Jan Clarke collection

£15.00

Oct 8, 2020

Anonymous

Well done Fiona you’re a superstar! Love from the Makepeace’s xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 7, 2020

Julie Weston

Well done Erica lots of love the Magill’s Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🎉🥂🥰

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Oct 6, 2020

Russell Dean

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 6, 2020

Anonymous

Really well done in very difficult conditions.

£262.00

Oct 6, 2020

Steve Francey

£20.00

Oct 6, 2020

Corinna Heddle

Well done Fiona and tarm

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

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